Time to End the Identity Addiction

And it would be really really REALLY fucking really great not to see a bisillion and one post and articles on how many winning candidates are female transgender openly gay Latinas, etc. It’s 2018, for chrissakes, nobody cares what’s in their pants or who’s in their beds or ancestry.com kits. Tell us what they will do for the voters.

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10 thoughts on “Time to End the Identity Addiction”

  1. We could easily do away with all this “identity” horseshit if each person would simply represent themselves as individuals first and foremost, instead of using demographics or their ancestry as crutches to lean on to make up for any insecurities or undeveloped character or confusion involving personal interests.

    If they would focus primarily on their own personal development, make that a top priority in their life.

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  2. But Clarissa, you’re a Jewish woman from the former Soviet Union. What could you possibly know about disadvantage?

    /sarcasm

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    1. Well, I feel very much like a gender-fluid baby seal right now, and that makes me endangered species and oppressed identity category. You better start feeling like an oppressed category as soon as you can, too.

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  3. Since I’m on Ohioan, it just feels like a way for people to avoid facing that we didn’t do that well. “We may have lost every statewide executive position, but hey, first Muslim woman in Congress, first Native American woman in Congress, blah blah.” Firsts don’t give us political power. I will admit I’m excited we elected the first black county official here, so I’m being a bit hypocritical. In a county that’s over a quarter black it’s criminal that she’s the first one. And she took out an awful Tea Party relic in the process!

    It bothers me a little less when it’s actually a historic first than when it’s just being brought up for no reason. Saw an article about how some congresswoman might be replaced on council by a black trans woman; who cares? I would hate if I had all kinds of ideas and plans and all people saw me as was a demographic category. I’ve had that experience and it sucks. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone else.

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    1. Exactly. It’s a consolation prize, and not a particularly great one. On the presidency level, yes, it was exciting to see the first African American president. It will be exciting to see the first female president because this a large symbolic position. But in Congress and Senate, I want to see results. I don’t really care about anything else. And also, the identity stuff only goes so far. I hated Sarah Palin and couldn’t care less that she was a woman.

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      1. For my excitement locally, I was excited because our county is heavily black yet had no black people; to me this indicates that black people are being denied political power. If our county was 99% white I wouldn’t feel like it matters.

        And I do not care when it comes to Congress ever I’m pretty sure. If elected, Aftab would’ve been the first Tibetan-American in Congress but…who cares? Nobody in our district did because we loved him for more than that, but that’s all the national media could focus on. I feel like an article all about how he has unique heritage and a funny name which ignores all his accomplishments is racist, but when it’s a “positive” article I guess that’s progressive.

        Article in question because I still bitterly remember it:

        https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/05/politics/aftab-pureval-ohio-house-race/index.html

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      2. For the record, Aftab only lost by 5 points. In 2020 redistricting will happen and this time they’re not allowed to split Cincinnati into two districts. Aftab will win easily in 2022 if he wants to; he’s still the most popular politician in Hamilton County. With prospects for statewide office looking dismal though, he might as well run for mayor or something; he’d have more power there than in the House.

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